Five for Friday - Camping Style

Happy Friday!  Today was our last Friday of the year with the kiddos... and it was a FABULOUS one!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share my Five for Friday.  All my five events came from today!

Today we held our annual first grade "Camp Skeeter."  (Skeeter - as in, short for mosquito!)

Camp Skeeter is a day filled with camp-themed activities.  We spend all morning going from station to station as a class.  We have MANY generous parent volunteers at each station to help us out.  I am so grateful to work at a school with excellent parent involvement.  We couldn't do it without them!

Check out how much fun we had at Camp Skeeter!

1.  Crafts
We found these hats on (where else?) Pinterest!  (Click on the link to the activity.)  They were ADORABLE!  By far my favorite craft we've ever done.  I mean, who doesn't love a hat?  The craft was also very easy and allowed us to finish in the time allotted for our station (30 minutes).

2.  Nature
We have a wonderful grandparent who comes every single year to Camp Skeeter to teach us a little bit about pond life.  He even brings some of his pond friends with him!  Here is one of my sweeties about to touch a toad.  Yikes!

3.  Snack
After our first two stations we were certainly ready for a snack!  We made S'mores on a Stick.  Delicious!
Crushin' our graham crackers!

4.  Sing Along / Face Painting
Due to the rainy weather (shocker!) we needed to combine these two stations into one.  Usually we do both outside, but there were no complaints from my kiddos today.  We were having way too much fun to notice the rotten weather!

For the first time this year we had an old-fashioned sing along!  One of our second grade teacher's volunteered her talented son.  He was AH-MAZING!!!  Truly outstanding.  The kids went NUTS for him and he was so engaging.  We really jammed out!

In between songs we got our faces painted.  I went with the classic butterfly.

After our stations, we had lunch in the classroom.  What a treat!

Then, it was time for our "Mail Call."  Each parent had written a letter to their child as though they were away at summer camp.  We turned off all the lights and read our letters by flashlight.  Ooh la la!

5.  Movie Time!
By the end of the day we were wiped out!  We "camped out" and watched The Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan version... ahh, remember when she was a sweet little actress?!)  We enjoyed popcorn and water bottles sent in by a parent volunteer.  And this tired-out teacher finalized and stuffed report cards.  Phew.  Check it off the list!

What a fantastic Friday!  


  1. Those S'mores look yummy! What a fun theme for the end of the school year. May just have to do this next year!

  2. What a cute idea! I just found out I will be teaching first grade next year. I will definitely have to keep this in mind.

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  3. It looks like everyone had a great time. i like the s'mores ! I'm a new follower!

  4. I had so much fun reading this post. What a wonderful "one day holiday" for your students; but a holiday in which they obviously learnt a lot too; the best kind of learning. Well done you!

  5. Love these ideas!! And those camp fire hats are totally adorable! Savings these ideas for next year! :)

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